Our Organizations Mission: "To provide a place in perpetuity where people with disabilities can be equal, capable and successful, growing to their maximum potential through interaction with horses in a positive environment".
We accomplish our mission by providing educational, recreational, and sport, programming, including vocational/prevocational opportunities, to youth at risk and youth and adults with disabilities. Individuals are accepted without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. Our funding comes from the loving generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. We thank each and every one of our contributors, supporters, partners, and volunteers. Our athletes especially thank you for helping provide them with the opportunity to learn, love and grow.
A few of our many recent Successes:
A person with autism has gained the capability to be a positive contributing member of a group conversation involving family members and other adults.
A youth at-risk described our pilot program, “I think it’s great...since I joined this program I seem to be out of [mental] hospitals for good...” She went on to college.
A person with Down Syndrome accepts greater tasks at home to assist her single mom.
A person with Cerebral Palsy sits up instead of lying down and gains better use of hands.
Youth with and without disabilities sitting in a group, chatting and joking with each other.
An introverted young lady who now directs other volunteers and teaches beginning riders.
Youth serving community service who beg to be volunteers helping our riders and working with our horses.
Adults who become involved in the daily routines and program because of their family members.
A youth with autism competing and winning a large class in an ordinary horse show.
An adult with MS who states “I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the ride ... I think it helps reduce the back pain and strengthen my legs. Just wish I could walk.... Thanks for doing what you do” and “Wow! After 50 years I can still ride a horse...”
A visually impaired person able to successfully ride with NO consideration for her disability.
Dream Catcher Stables is now a member of the Carrots4acause
network (External Link to Profile) What people say:
"Dreamcatchers is so very beneficial to handicap children and at risk students. It gives them a chance to succeed, learn independence, and become more self-reliant. It provides the children the ability to increase physical stamina and develop a work ethic however limited." -
Melody April 30, 2011
"As an aunt to a special needs nephew, I knew when I first volunteered at Dream Catcher Stables what I would find upon my arrival. I would and did find dedicated, loving, hard working students who find their personal outlet for success and freedom to do something they love and is so important to them. At Dream Catcher, they can be themselves. Their love for the horses and the respect for their instructors is more than obvious. All one has to do is look into the eyes and faces of each one and see how important it is to them to be there..." - Janet April 29, 2011
"I am special needs person and have been a client of Dreamcatcher for over 3 years. This group has helped me very much in understanding that if I try to succeed at something, I can probably accomplish my goal one way or another. They let me work at my own pace but give me support and encouragement so that I can progress a little bit more every time I go to my sessions." - Anonymous
Post April 24, 2011
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